Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

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May 13, 2015, 5:42 PM EDT
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.
May 12, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for certain children who don’t have parents at home.
May 12, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, counterterrorism analyst and senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said on Tuesday that al Qaeda may be overshadowed by the so-called Islamic State on the world stage, but the terrorist group is succeeding with its effort to infiltrate the civil war in Syria.
May 11, 2015, 2:15 PM EDT
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has given $20 million in funding to two organizations that are teaching new mothers in Guatemala about hunger and breastfeeding, using such tools as flip charts and guidance on spotting on hunger “cues.”
May 8, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT
As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran approaches and the passage of a U.S. Senate bill that does not require the deal to be viewed as a treaty by Congress, the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) President Frank Gaffney warned of the consequences of this scenario.
May 7, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT
The D.C. City Council has put in place legislation requiring employers to hire and retain individuals who do not share their pro-life or faith-based mission.
May 6, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
At a Senate appropriations hearing on the funding of global health programs on Wednesday, pop music icon Elton John told lawmakers that they could end the disease Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.
May 6, 2015, 1:38 PM EDT
At a Senate hearing on Wednesday on funding global health programs, including those to fight HIV/AIDS, pop icon Sir Elton John and celebrity Pastor Rick Warren joined hands and smiled as the cameras clicked and a packed crowd in the room looked on.
May 6, 2015, 10:32 AM EDT
Yahoo’s “Makers” desk devoted to helping people with their DIY projects has diverted from its mission to warn people about how the food they eat are harming the planet.
May 4, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT
A senior editor on Yahoo’s Beauty Desk covered one hat-wearing fan who turned up at the iconic  Derby at Churchill Downs, but it wasn’t the ladies lining the track on race day Saturday that caught her eye.
May 4, 2015, 3:16 PM EDT
A Chinese attorney who escaped house arrest in his home country for his efforts to protect women from forced abortion for violating the government’s one-child policy said on Thursday that in the 35 years since the practice hundreds of millions of babies have been killed.
May 4, 2015, 2:38 PM EDT
Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet.
May 1, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that the Obama administration’s push to give legal status to some illegal aliens is at least in part responsible for the thousands of illegal alien children that have been streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico from Central America over the last couple years.
May 1, 2015, 2:54 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Friday that one of the reforms necessary to fix the immigration system in the United States is to track people who come to the country using a temporary visa to make sure they leave when it expires.
April 30, 2015, 4:22 PM EDT
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April 29, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT
America’s favorite pastime is the latest victim in the city of Baltimore where protests over the death of a black man in police custody turned into a violent riot resulted in injured officers and widespread damage to homes and businesses in recent days.
April 29, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT
A few of the “19 Kids and Counting” Duggar girls were tapped by People magazine to be included in its 2015 Most Beautiful Issue. In a video posted on the Duggar Family Blog website, they dish out advice for what matriarch Michelle Duggar calls “modern modest.”
April 28, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT
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April 27, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
Lee Stoneking already knew about the miracles Jesus Christ performed when he walked the earth. As a pastor for decades, he has preached the gospel and told anyone who would listen the good news of Jesus Christ and his power to heal, restore and provide eternal salvation for those who believe.
April 27, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT
In the wake of Saturday’s protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddy Gray, a black man who died while in police custody, businesses were vandalized and people who live in the neighborhood along Howard Avenue were not happy about it.